Portrait of a Young Woman (c.1515) by Titian

Portrait of a Young Woman - Titian - c.1515

Artwork Information

TitlePortrait of a Young Woman
Dimensions42 x 26 cm
Art MovementHigh Renaissance
Current LocationUffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

About Portrait of a Young Woman

The artwork “Portrait of a Young Woman” by Titian, dating back to circa 1515, is an exemplar of the High Renaissance art movement. This portrait, measuring 42 by 26 centimeters, is housed within the prestigious Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. As a genre, it encapsulates the finely detailed representation of an individual, characteristic of the portraiture of the period.

The artwork presents the viewer with an image of a young woman gazing slightly away from the observer, her expression serene and contemplative. The delicate linework and subtle shading of the piece capture the gentle contours of her face and the soft texturing of her hair, which is drawn back from her forehead and cascades over her shoulders. The woman’s attire is of a simple, unadorned nature, suggestive of the genteel fashion of the early sixteenth century. Notably, the artist’s skill in rendering the delicate play of light and shadow across the woman’s features, lends a sense of depth and realism to the portrait, characteristic of Titian’s masterful technique.

The overall composition, while straightforward, is imbued with a sense of intimacy and immediacy that engages the viewer in silent dialogue with the subject. The rough texture of the paper and visible age marks add a historical depth to the artwork, inviting contemplation not only of the subject portrayed but also of the work’s own journey through time. It is a piece that not only demonstrates the artistic skills of Titian but also reflects the artistic and cultural ethos of the High Renaissance era.

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